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The Best of London and Paris tour provides an opportunity to settle in and experience two of Europe’s major capital cities. London presents a relatively stress-free introduction with non-stops flights from North America, almost no language barrier and easy transportation. All this coupled with our comprehensive itinerary and an opportunity to experience some of the best theatre in the world makes London a perfect beginning to this tour. The EuroStar high-speed train will zip you from London to Paris in less than three hours. In Paris, we’ve included all the major tourist sights and must-see attractions, but there is also plenty of time to slow down and enjoy the experience.
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London - 4 nights in a 4-star hotel in or near the Kensington neighborhood
Paris - 4 nights in a 4-star hotel in the Montparnasse or Sorbonne neighborhood
Optional Single Supplement: $890
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DAY 1: Welcome to London - Let’s plan to meet in our hotel at 3:00 p.m. to get acquainted. Then, we will hop on the TUBE to Westminster for a walking tour passing the major sights from the Thames to Picadilly Circus. Later, enjoy an open-top bus tour of London followed by dinner at one of David’s favorite London eateries. Sleep 4 nights in a 4-star hotel in or near the Kensington neighborhood. Dinner.
DAY 2: Buckingham Palace, Westminster and London – This morning, we will head out early to catch the ceremonial changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. Later, enjoy a tour of Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned and buried since 1066. After an independent lunch, join a tour of the Tower of London followed by a cruise on the River Thames. Additionally, this would be a good evening to check out London’s theatre scene. Book something in advance or see what’s on and pick up your tickets today. Walking: strenuous.
DAY 3: A Jaunt to the Countryside – We’ll catch a train out of town for our visit to Windsor Castle. Enjoy an independent audio-guided tour of the Royal Family’s castle, St. George’s Chapel and the nearby park and gardens. After our tour, you’ll have the remainder of the day and evening to poke around the charming town of Windsor or head back to London for some more sightseeing. Train: 2 hours. Walking: moderate.
DAY 4: Free day in London–There are no planned group activities for today. We’ll get you pointed in the right direction and help with any sightseeing information you may need. Dinner and your evening activities are all up to you!
DAY 5: Eurostar Train and Bonjour Paris – We will have an early start time this morning to make our way to St. Pancras International Station. Then it’s off to Paris aboard the Eurostar high-speed train through the Chunnel. Once in Paris, we’ll get set up at our hotel and then head out to explore. We will focus on Paris' historical center surrounding our hotel neighborhood. On our short walking tour, you'll discover the wonder and history of Notre Dame Cathedral, the opulence of the nearby Ile St. Louis and reflect on the atrocities of WWII at Le Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation. Cap off your day with a dinner at one of David’s favorite restaurants and a sightseeing cruise on the Seine River. Sleep 4 nights in a 4-star hotel in the Montparnasse or Sorbonne neighborhood. Walking: strenuous. Dinner.
DAY 6: The Eiffel Tower and Montmartre - Enjoy an ascent up the Eiffel Tower's second level this morning for far-reaching vistas of the sprawling metropolis of Paris. Then, we’ll head up to the artsy neighborhood of Montmartre to experience this quaint bohemian village and the nearby Sacré Coeur church. Your tour leader can suggest activities ranging from shopping, museums, the catacombs, church towers, and more. Walking: moderate.
DAY 7: The Louvre –Enjoy a visit to the Louvre Museum to experience what some consider the world's best collection of art. Armed with David's Concise Guide to the Louvre, you will have several hours to explore the art, history and wonder of this magnificent palace and museum. Then, we’ll stroll through the adjacent gardens ending on the famous Champs-Elysées where you can enjoy the afternoon on your own. Later, let’s gather a picnic on the grassy meadow below the Eiffel Tower to watch it sparkle, twinkle and shine. Walking: strenuous.
DAY 8: Paris – Today is free to explore more of Paris on your own. Your guide will be available to assist with sightseeing hints and suggestions such as museum entrances, shopping, and tours. Later, we’ll meet for an aperitif followed by a farewell feast where we can recount tour memories and toast our friendship. Dinner.
DAY 9: Heading Home – Your tour ends today after breakfast. There are no group activities scheduled for today. Your tour guide will be available to help plan your journey home or on to other adventures in Europe. Au revoir!
Itinerary specifics are subject to change.
Eight nights hotel accommodation (double occupancy) in upscale 4-star hotels.
Breakfast each morning at our hotels.
Three group dinners at David’s favorite restaurants.
Traditional and gourmet dining experiences at some of David’s personal favorite restaurants. Eating well is a priority and you’ll enjoy fine regional fare featuring the best each locale has to offer.
A London Tube travel card and Metro tickets in Paris.
EuroStar Chunnel transportation between London and Paris.
All Sightseeing and Entrance fees as noted in the itinerary.
An excursion to Windsor and Windsor Castle tour.
All tips and gratuities to guides, drivers, restaurant and hotel staff.
Guaranteed Small Group of 6-24 travelers.
A fulltime Exploring Europe guide and local experts dedicated to bringing to life the art, history, and culture of the tour destinations.
David’s printed tour handouts detailing each day’s historical and cultural experiences.
Free luggage tags and David’s custom-designed drawstring backpacks.
Our Unconditional Tour Price Guarantee that once locked in will never change.
Basic Travel Insurance providing coverage for emergency medical, baggage loss, and trip delay from the moment you depart for your tour.
$50 Tour Alumni discount for each David McGuffin tour you’ve taken prior to this travel year.
A limited number of single rooms for solo travelers are available for an additional cost of $890.
This tour begins visiting my favorite destinations in Scotland. Enjoy the grandeur of Edinburgh and its cliff-hanging castle, St. Andrews (the home of golf), and the vast rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands. We’ll wrap up our tour on the west coast visiting the port town of Oban, the remote Hebrides Islands, and Loch Lomond.
In England, experience the serenity and beauty of the Lake District. Then enjoy three days in North Wales experiencing medieval castles, quaint villages, beautiful gardens and steam locomotives.
*The Scotland and Wales addition is not offered in November.
Walking and Physical Activity: We have planned this trip to provide maximum tour experiences by foot, boat, and vehicle. The basic nature of Europe does require some degree of physical activity to get out and see the sights, especially in the countryside. To help you plan, we’ve included a daily projection of physical activity. Here is our key for our walking activity ratings:
Light – Walking done on level surfaces with some small hills and elevation gains. In most cases, the bus will drop-off and pick-up at nearby locations. Two miles or less of required walking during the day.
Moderate – Walking done on paved and gravel paths. To enjoy the full tour experience, some up and down hill walking is to be expected. Four to five miles of walking per day.
Strenuous – Walking done on rugged and rocky paths with some steps and stairs. Up to six miles of walking per day.
Your Choice – No matter what your walking ability, we will help you find alternative ways to enjoy and experience all Europe has to offer. To get the most out of our tours you should be able to operate at the light level everyday with spurts of moderate and strenuous.
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LONDON AND PARIS, November 2017 - We had a great time from start to finish. David picks nice hotels close to many places you want to be near. He also has very good tour guides. The guide for London was exceptional. We enjoyed the pace, which is quite busy from morning until night if desired. Also, we enjoyed the other people on the tour with us. There was enough flex for all to do what they really wanted to do. We had several wow moments. First, we were in London during Remembrance Day which is a special day. As a military retiree, it was quite touching to see the way the Brits remember those who died during the world wars. The first time in Paris was special. It is a beautiful city. Our hotel was ten minutes from Norte Dame Cathedral which enabled us to go to daily mass several times. We sat next to the main altar participating in the mass in French. The history and beauty were quite special. The Louvre and Orsay museums are spectacular. We became quite familiar with both cities' mass transit systems. David definitely takes good care of you from start to finish. London was outstanding. The Bath trip was quite average, more or less the same as a tour book reading. The hotel locations were great; London Doubletree was very nice but undergoing renovations and a bit of a maze. Select hotel in Paris was very good. Both were comfortable and clean, with friendly staffs. I tried my first duck liver pate thanks to David as well as duck confit. Both were wonderful. We definitely enjoyed all our meals. David provided two well-written and comprehensive guides to enjoying the highlights of both cities. He puts together exceptional tours! We were delighted. The timing of this tour in November was a bit different due to shorter days and cooler temps. The delight was no lines anywhere...and short lines at the Louvre. We were able to maximize our time in the museums. Lovely!
LONDON AND PARIS, November 2017 - The tour was amazing! David was very knowledgeable and flexible on things we wanted to do. He was always suggesting things and providing us with tidbits of knowledge. Everything flowed smoothly. David was fantastic! He was ready and willing to do whatever we needed. Loved the dinner place we had in Paris that first night by the river cruise. You always eat and drink well!
LONDON AND PARIS, November 2017 - We ended up with a very small group (only 5 of us) and therefore were able to make friends with everyone. David made sure to help us in every way in our free time, and the places where we ate were terrific. We managed to hit all the high points. The wow moment in London was St. Paul’s Cathedral and in Paris was Sacre Coeur. David is absolutely the best-knowledgeable and fun!!
LONDON AND PARIS, September 2016 - Had a great time with my tour buddies, and David was the tour guide. By chance, it was a McGuffin family group and three who became family. I would have to say the Eiffel Tower and night boat ride were my favorite. I've been to Paris several times with friends and they consider these events to be too costly. Locals sometimes (myself in Dallas) say "been there done that" and will leave the visitor to their own, so I joined this tour because tour groups will get the event done and sometimes at a better price. When you have David McGuffin as a tour guide there is no comparison. My objective in visiting large cities is also to master the metro. In London, it was a nice introduction and in Paris, I am getting there. London local guide was very entertaining. Our bus driver was very capable and a very experienced driver on the trip to Stonehenge and to Bath. The bus driver to the train station was very capable on the drive; however, it just seemed to be such a long ride. Then again I am not familiar with the city of London. Hotels were well chosen, and the staff at each facility were very experienced. David's favorite places to eat were no letdown. Meals were most delicious and the service was great. I hope we all had a mutual benefit from each other as friends should. I know I did.
BATTLEFIELDS OF BELGIUM & FRANCE, October 2015 – The perfect mix of seeing major sites, enjoying leisurely walks through historic towns and grand cities, drives through villages frozen in time and some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Our hotels were each a separate and unique experience, from staying in a chateau in Normandy, a 900-year-old inn on Mont Saint Michel, or modern hotels in the hearts of Brussels and Paris! And the food! David’s personal concern for having a dining “experience” made a huge impression on my friends who had not previously toured with him. Our guide was “the” David McGuffin, and he lived up to my high expectations. He actually caused me to enjoy myself more than I had expected by submersing us in the local culture. His acceptance of other’s ideas and flexibility in program planning, allowing us to go our separate ways, and arranging fantastic local meals gave us the confidence to do the same when we were on our own! All in all, David provided us a fantastic time.
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